Simon Vozick-Levinson
October 19, 2009 AT 02:00 PM EDT

An attorney for Richard Heene appeared on NBC’s Today show this morning to say that his client is “absolutely” innocent of any crime. The lawyer, David Lane, emphasized that no charges have been filed thus far as a result of the temporary disappearance of Heene’s six-year-old son Falcon, which authorities have since alleged was a well-rehearsed hoax with potential criminal repercussions. Lane suggested that the Larimer County sherriff’s office has provided an incomplete or misleading timeline of these events to the public, though he declined to get into specifics; he also compared Heene to Richard Jewell, who was wrongly accused of bombing the 1996 Olympics. Pending further information from the police, he noted that Heene might be willing to turn himself in “to avoid public spectacle” and address any charges.

Watch the Today show interview here.

More ”Balloon Boy” coverage from EW:

Heene family’s TV past: the Wife Swap years

”Balloon Boy” TV coverage: Pass the popcorn!

Richard Heene holds news conference: ”Absolutely no hoax” (from Oct. 17)

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